Black Thunder by Anna Bontemps
Gabriel's Revolt: Virginia, 1800

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'Gabriel Prosser's 1800 slave revolt allowed Bontemps to warn of the rebellion that would come of poverty and racial oppression. This metaphor of revolution is at the same time a highly pertinent representation of black masculinity that will reward students of gender, slavery and the sensibilities of the 1930s.'

-Nell Irvin Painter
 

About Anna Bontemps

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Arna Bontemps was one of many African American writers associated with Fisk University, where he taught for 20 years. He became a visiting professorship at Yale University and returned to Fisk to spend the last years of his life there. Bontemps grew up in the South and wrote of the condition and spirit of the southern black in memoirs and in fiction. His historical and topical novel Black Thunder (1936) is perhaps his best known, along with Drums at Dusk (1935). As an active leader in the Harlem Renaissance, however, Bontemps wrote prolifically in all genres and for children as well as adults. He produced several important collections of narratives about enslaved people and African American folk tales. Bontemps was a major anthologizer of Harlem Renaissance work and helped shape the new black writing as theoretician and critic. Bontemps died in 1973.
 
Published April 1, 1992 by Beacon Press. 248 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The story of the abortive uprising of the Negro slaves in Richmond, Virginia (in 1800), is told in episodic flashes and we get the story of the blacks, aroused by the rebellion of Toussaint L'Ouverture, incited by the idealism of powerful, simple Gabriel, and by a situation precipitated through t...

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Written in 1936 and based on an actual slave revolt, this critically acclaimed novel celebrates slave Gabriel Prossier's struggle to end racial oppression. (Apr.)

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Written in 1936 and based on an actual slave revolt, this critically acclaimed novel celebrates slave Gabriel Prossier's struggle to end racial oppression.

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